I’m still obsessing over traffic court, hoping to soon have a follow to this story.
The lenient Commissioner John Porter’s name is now on the big board at the Fremont Hall of Justice, but he was once again a no-show on Monday.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Nancy Lonsdale was a little more forgiving than usual during the beginning of her arraignment session. She allowed one defendant a full three months to pay his fine; usually she makes defendants pay within two months.
And, when a Spanish-speaking defendant pleaded poverty, Lonsdale, after first telling her she doesn’t offer community service for red light camera violations, allowed her to do 24 hours of community service and pay only $240 out of the $480 ticket.
Around the time I interviewed Lonsdale, she had started allowing some defendants to work off half their fines through community service, but over the past few weeks, she was rejecting all community service requests that I witnessed.